javelin

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdʒævlɪn/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdʒævlɪn, ˈdʒævə-/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling( javlin, javə-)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
jave•lin /ˈdʒævlɪn, ˈdʒævə-/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a spear thrown by hand, esp. a long metal spear used in throwing for distance as a sport.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
jave•lin  ( javlin, javə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a light spear, usually thrown by hand.
  2. [Track.]
    • a spearlike shaft about 8½ ft. (2.7 m) long and usually made of wood, used in throwing for distance.
    • Also called  javelin throw′. a competitive field event in which the javelin is thrown for distance.

v.t. 
  1. to strike or pierce with or as if with a javelin.
  • Old Irish), derivative of Old Irish gabul fork, forked branch, cognate with Old Breton gabl, Welsh gafl
  • Old English gafeluc, *gafeloc British Celtic *gablākos presumably, a spear with a forklike head; compare Middle Irish gablach forked branch, javelin, MWelsh gaflach (apparently
  • Middle French javeline, by suffix alteration from javelot, Anglo-French gavelot, gaveloc, probably
  • 1505–15

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
javelin /ˈdʒævlɪn/ n
  1. a long pointed spear thrown as a weapon or in competitive field events
  2. the javelinthe event or sport of throwing the javelin
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French javeline, variant of javelot, of Celtic origin
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